SMART was born of an activist spirit, and we are inspired to rekindle it now with our newest program offering—SMART HEART Activism. We believe that the hostile political climate of today demands confrontation and action to combat the many threats posed to our core mission of equity. We are introducing a comprehensive initiative to forge a path of awareness, civic engagement, and activism that invites the participation of our SMART community. For our fall 2018 session, we are presenting a series of 8 workshops developed and led by instructor Pat Jerido. Our primary focus for advocacy will center on those issues that most directly affect our participants, such as housing and health. View flyer here for schedule.

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Patricia Jerido is the principal consultant at Leadership Matters Consulting. She is a trained M.S.W. and has over 25 years experience in social justice work. She has worked as an advocate, board member, coach, community organizer, fundraiser, funder, individual and group work counselor, strategist, and trainer. As a program officer for Open Society Foundations and the Ms. Foundation for Women, Patricia has assessed and assisted social justice organizations in improving skills in communications, fundraising, board leadership, and program development. Her clients have included the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Ford Foundation, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, the Racial Justice Collaborative, the Women’s Funding Network, and many others. Patricia is the board chair for the Center for Artistic Activism and volunteers on the Steering Committee for Participatory Budgeting in NYC.



SMART is deeply grateful to Red Hot for their generous support of SMART HEART Activism for the fall 2018 session.